With the City of Amsterdam’s population projected to increase by around 100,000-150,000 and the city transitioning towards a renewable energy future Amsterdam has developed an interactive energy atlas that enables users to find out answers to numerous questions including:
- How much energy does their neighborhood use?
- How much heat is produced by industrial parks?
- What opportunities exist for using solar and wind energy?
- What are the possibilities for matching demand for energy with the renewable energy supply?
Amsterdam expects the energy atlas to encourage the uptake in renewable energy, as citizens become more aware of their own energy consumption and realize the gains to be had from renewable energy. For businesses located in Amsterdam the energy atlas enables companies to determine their own energy usage and compare that with others as well as being able to find out the locations of renewable energy sources and energy infrastructure.
One of the unique aspects of the energy atlas is that while different partners contributed towards its development, the data is openly available for businesses and organizations to independently develop energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services, helping Amsterdam achieve its renewable energy future.
By making data open-access private sector participants can develop products and services that ensure renewable energy and other sustainability-related goals are achieved.
*Robert C. Brears is the author of Urban Water Security (Wiley). Urban Water Security argues that, with climate change and rapid urbanization, cities need to transition from supply-side to demand-side management to achieve urban water security.